Culled from the stories of the Bard of Bengal

A sense of celebration engulfed Kamani Auditorium over the last week. Even a casual passerby at Copernicus Marg could guess the mood at Kamani as the sounds of kanthi dhol welcomed them right at the doorstep.

 Flanked by a huge poster of the Bard of Bengal, Rabindranath Tagore, running on one end and posters of plays based upon his stories panelled along the entrance wall, the facade of the auditorium marked the festivities around the five-day long theatre festival Bal Utsav 2014, organised by the Hindi Academy.

Following the sound of kanthi dhol that resonated outside the gate, Metrolife spotted dancers, dressed in traditional white sarees with red borders, typical of Bengal, mesmerising the audience as they submitted themselves to the rhythm of the beats.

On the penultimate day, the Hindi Academy presented two plays Subha and Bhikharin. Directed by Dipansh Sharma, Bhikharin was staged by the students of DAV Public School, Sreshtha Vihar. 

“Ladkhadate hue kadmon se ghar aati thi woh, ghar aake maa ho jati thi woh,” read the narrator as the poor beggar enters her house to give her son the things that she collected throughout the day. The hall that was brimming with the audience, specially the families of school students, acknowledged the efforts of the young actors with rounds of applause at every turn of the performance. 

Directed by Vipul Pachori, the play, Subha dwelt on the story of a beautiful girl who lacks the power of speech and is forcefully married to a person who is unaware of her disability.

 The story ends on a fateful and poignant note with the bridegroom discovering her lack of ability to speak and finally marrying another girl who could speak. Culled from Gurudev’s collection of stories, both the stories were adapted into plays for the festival. 

Showcasing 10 famous stories written by Tagore, students in the eight to 16 years age group put their best foot forward to relive the teachings and ideas of the renow­ned writer.

 Giving the audience a chance to experience two different tales every day, with judicious planning and execution, the Hindi Academy staged two plays every day, starting from June 18. The first day was marked by Ichha Purti and Chhuti, followed by Kabuliwallah, Taash Ka Desh, Doctor Babu, Mukut ve Tota, Bhola Raja and Dhoop Chhaya on the next four days. 

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